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Gerald Fitzgerald’s Market Review January 28th

28 January 2019



Markets were largely unchanged last week with corporate results for Q4 2018 showing earnings generally in line with expectations. Global Equities in Euro terms returned -0.1% over the week, whilst investors continue to look to gold and high-quality government bonds for shelter from the ongoing political uncertainty.

The partial US government shutdown shows no sign of ceasing with limited common ground being achieved in discussions between Donal Trump and the Democrats. Meanwhile, trade war concerns between the US and China appear to have contributed in part to the IMF predicting slower global growth of 3.5% for 2019.



The ongoing trade conversations between the US and China continue this week with a Chinese delegation arriving in Washington on Thursday. US Fed Reserve Chairman Jay Powell is also due to give a press conference on Thursday which may give further insight into the Fed’s monetary outlook. Corporate earnings disclosures for Q4 2018 ramps up this week with announcements due from over 2,200 companies including Microsoft, Apple and Amazon.

Elsewhere, US unemployment figures, US retail sales information and Eurozone inflation data are published on Friday.



Whilst the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted a slower global growth outlook, it is interesting to note the regional dispersion with emerging market economies predicted to grow at over double the rate of their developed market counterparts.




Ger Fitzgerald

By Gerald Fitzgerald, Investment Consultant

Gerald Fitzgerald joined Invesco’s Investment Consulting team in 2015 and has 10 years industry experience assisting clients with their investment & actuarial requirements. Gerald is a Qualified Financial Adviser (QFA) and a graduate of both University College Cork and University College Dublin.

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